Why do you have a website specifically about employing Aboriginal people? I want the best person for the job.

Aboriginal people have historically faced significant disadvantage. This disadvantage has resulted in lower educational attainment and poor health These outcomes have contributed to generational unemployment which has in turn contributes to a large gap in employment rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The South Australian and Australian Government are committed to closing this gap. Promoting Aboriginal employment is not about employing an Aboriginal person just because they are Aboriginal. It is about recognising and addressing the barriers to Aboriginal employment and giving Aboriginal people who have the right skills, personality, attitude and aptitude an opportunity to be employed.

How do I increase the chances of Aboriginal people seeing my job advertisement?

There are a number of ways to do this.

Firstly, utilising this site to advertise jobs is a good start. There are also Aboriginal community newspapers such as Koori Mail which are another mechanism. There are also networks that go out to thousands of subscribers in regards to Aboriginal specific activities such as the Turkindi network and the DSD Aboriginal Employment Network Newsletter.

How do I increase the chance of Aboriginal people wanting to apply for my job?

By being a culturally safe workplace by having and adhering to a Reconciliation Action Plan. Staff having attended cultural awareness training.

Developing critical mass, the more Aboriginal people you employ the more word will spread and the more Aboriginal people want to apply for jobs in your organisation. Become known as an employer of choice for Aboriginal people by using the above strategies.

What supports are available if I employ an Aboriginal person to ensure they have the best chance to succeed.

There are various supports including financial, mentoring, accommodation and professional development.

We would recommend you contact us to explain your particular circumstance and we can then link you up with the appropriate support service.

I want to employ an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. How do I go about it?

This is one of the most common questions we hear. One of the first things you can do is to ensure that you’re business is culturally aware and a workplace that an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person will feel welcome in. Then, familiarise yourself with the support services that exist to assist employers to reach, attract and retain Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people in your business.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Use this site to promote the job opportunity you have
  • Register your interest as a business and we’ll put you in touch with an Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator who can provide you with a tailored service
  • Advertise through Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander specific media like the Koori Mail.

What are the economic and business benefits of employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Your workforce should represent the community in which your operate, as much as possible. A diverse workforce makes you an attractive employer for prospective employers and can increase business by attracting a broader range of clients. Providing opportunities to all people in and outside of the labour market who want to work is good for our economy and good for your business.
More and more government contracts require contractors to employ Aboriginal people and to be culturally aware. Already having practices and being efficient at doing so, can give you a competitive edge when applying for contracts.

Who runs this website?

Aboriginalemploymentsa.com.au is an employer led initiative of the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program.

The initiative is funded by the South Australian State Government Department of State Development.

The website is maintained by an external South Australia website administrator.

What’s the difference between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country?

Welcome to Country is a ceremony where Aboriginal traditional owners, usually elders, welcome people to their land. Protocols for welcoming visitors to country have been a part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years.

This is a significant recognition and is made through a formal process, although it’s up to the elder how they decide to carry out the ceremony. It also depends on the location of the event and the practice of the Aboriginal community which can vary greatly according to region. A Welcome to Country should always occur at the opening stages of the event, preferably as the first item.

Call 1800 627 849 for assistance to identify an Aboriginal elder in your area who can perform the Welcome to Country ceremony.

An Acknowledgement of Country can be done by everyone, Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, to pay respect to the fact that they are on Aboriginal land. It is a way that all people can show awareness and respect for Aboriginal culture and heritage and the ongoing relationship the traditional owners have with their land.

Sample Acknowledgement of Country where the language group is not known:

I would like to show my respect and acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, of elders past and present, on which this event takes place.

Sample Acknowledgement of Country using a specific nation:

I would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people who are the traditional custodians of this land. I would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present of the Kaurna nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.

Call 1800 627 849 for assistance with wording for an Acknowledgement of Country for your event.

Reference: Creative Spirits

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